Back In Black – AC/DC

In this lesson we’ll be learning how to play the rock classic Back In Black by AC/DC which appeared as the first track on side two of their 1980 album of the same name. The track peaked in the U.S. at No. 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1981 and was No. 51 on Billboard’s Top Tracks chart, which debuted in March 1981. In 2009 It was named as the second greatest hard rock song of all time by VH1. Read More

Punk Drumming (2)

Since we’re winding down towards christmas I thought I’d hit you with something a little easier this week. This lesson takes another look at punk drumming with twelve more grooves to work on. If you are new to drumming this is a great place to start but if you’re old hat then this will be a good opportunity to tighten up on things you already know. Read More

Drum & Bass (2)

Drum & Bass is fast paced, syncopated and jam-packed with ghost notes. It’s great fun to play and when you feel those heavy bass lines in your chest you just want to move. It really was made for drummers because we get to play for the song and show off our chops at the same time.

More and more live musicians are getting drawn to this style because of the challenge and the freedom that it offers. Drummers like Jojo Mayer, Johnny Rabb and KJ Sawka are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible on the drumset as well as what’s possible with the genre. Read More

American Idiot – Green Day

Ninjas! In this lesson we’ll be learning how to play American Idiot by Green Day which was released in September 2004 as the first single from their album of the same name. It peaked at #61 on the Billboard Hot 100, #3 in the UK Charts, #7 in Australia and #1 in Canada helping to put the band back on the map once again. Read More

Jimmy Cobb Interview

Jimmy Cobb (born January 20, 1929 in Washington D.C.) is one of the most highly regarded jazz drummers in the world today. A superb, mostly self-taught musician, Jimmy is the elder statesman of all the incredible Miles Davis bands. Jimmy’s inspirational work with Miles, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderly and Co. spanned 1957 until 1963, and included the masterpiece “Kind of Blue”, the most popular jazz recording in history.

In this interview Jimmy tells us how he got started with the drums, where he got his big break and shares some great advice on the mental side of drumming: Read More

7/8 Odd Time Drumming

Some of the greatest songs ever written in rock, prog, jazz and fusion are in odd-time signatures. The problem is, what sounds good on the ear doesn’t always come natural to the body so playing them can be a bit of a challenge. It is, however, much scarier in theory than it is in reality and if you break it down then slow it down you’ll be surprised at how quickly you get it.

In this lesson we’ll have a go at drumming in 7/8. Out of all the odd-time signatures this one feels the most natural to most drummers so lets head over to the kit and get started: Read More